The rich marine life in the waters off Labuan Island attract
many sport fishing enthusiasts for year round fishing. Tuna,
dorado, mackeral, black marlin and sailfish feed on abundant
food brought by warm ocean currents from the surrounding sea.
Coastal fishing around the coral reefs and bottom structures
off Labuan yield coral trout, grouper and red snapper. The
mangrove swamps are rich in barramundi, mangrove jacks and
The marine park situated 2 kilometers off the southern coast
of Labuan main island is an eco-diving and snorkeling haven.
The three secluded islets are surrounded by fringing coral
reefs which make it a veritable snorkellers paradise. Snorkellers
can enjoy the reefs everywhere. Sign up for a course of instruction
or take part in one of the parkis guided snorkeling excurisions.
Learn about the wonderful creatures you will be visiting on
your next sorkel trip.
The clear waters and colourful coral reefs off the island
make for fantastic snorkeling. Brightly- coloured fishes dart
through the living underwater garden and snorkelers will be
mesmerised by the ever-changing scenery in front of them.
Snorkeling gear may be hired from hotel leisure centres.
Four wrecks await exploration by diving enthusiasts. The Australian
Wreck lies southwest of Pulau Rusukan Besar about 23 meters
from Labuan. Experienced divers will enjoy exploring the interior
of this wreck. The American Wreck lies southeast of Pulau
Rusukan Kecil, 1.4 km from the Australian Wreck. It was formerly
the USS Salute, a US Navy mine sweeper which went down in
1945. The Blue Water Wreck is located northeast of Pulau Kuraman,
34 km from Labuan. The clear waters in which it lies provide
the best visibility of all the wrecks. The Cement Wreck n
This freighter was transporting cement to Brunei for the Sultanis
new palace when it hit the Semarang Bank and sank. It lies
east of Pulau Kumaran, 21km from Labuan and sits on the sea
bed in an upright position.
The marine park is sheltered from rough seas but with a good
constant offshore wind which is perfect for dinghy sailing.
There are plenty of sailing opportinities both for novices
and advance sailors.
Also known as personal water craft (PWC), jet-skis are fast
gaining popularity. Jet-ski tours are organised by various
tour operators and can last up to 3 hours. They pass along
the Menumbok River as well as circle around Labuan island.
There is also the Annual Jet Ski. Challenge and other privately
organised races. Crafts may be rented by the hour from the
Labuan Water Sports Centre.
Just five minutes boat ride from Pulau Kuraman is a little
reef atoll which is home to hundreds of sea snakes. The most
commonly seen is the sea krait with its distinctive black
and white markings which make them a beautiful and dramatic
Kayaking in the waters off the island is available through the
Manikar Beach Resort. It has both single and double Kayaks for
Proboscis monkey (Nasalis Larvatus) is one of the largest
monkeys in the world and is found in coastal swamp forests
of Borneo. The male proboscis monkey with its long and pendulous
nose and an outsized stomach has a harem of up to 10 females
attracted by his weird good looks. It feeds mainly on leaves
and seeds from a variety of trees. You can catch a glimpse
of these elusive monkeys on the river banks of Menumbok which
is only 20 minutes boat ride from Labuan. Contact Labuan Water
Sports Centre Tel: 087-411475 for a special Proboscis Monkey
The Labuan Horse-riding Center is presently the only pony
and horse-riding facility available on the island which caters
to the public. The many sandy beaches and kilometres of open
country roads offer hours of pleasurable riding. It is definitely
a unique way of going sight-seeing. The center offers various
rides like the Layangan Beach ride and Paddock ride. They
also offer riding lessons and horse hire. They are located
next to Taman Damai at Kg. Layang-Layangan. Tel: 087-466828